The Innovators Apr 13, 2016
Trust Your Gut: Remote Work Expert Sara Sutton Fell on Her Entrepreneurial Journey

As part of our Innovators channel, we like to publish interviews with successful entrepreneurs both inside and outside of the recruiting and hiring world. Today, we're highlighting the career of Sara Sutton Fell. Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings; founder...

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The Innovators Apr 12, 2016
4 More Serious Pricing Mistakes That Entrepreneurs Make

Yesterday, I talked about one of the major reasons why startups fail: financial incompetence, which is responsible for 46 percent of new business failures. One of the major realms in which entrepreneurs struggle is pricing. That makes sense: Pricing is a complicated issue with which many of us have little experience. In my previous post, I outlined four pricing mistakes that many...

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The Innovators Apr 11, 2016
4 Serious Pricing Mistakes Entrepreneurs Often Make

Why do so many startups fail? There are a lot of reasons, including weak products and zero innovation, but it's important to note that one of the major causes of startup failure is the poor financial abilities of many founders. In fact, a full 46 percent of startups fail due to "incompetence" in the areas of financing, accounting, record-keeping, tax payments, and pricing strategies....

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The Innovators Apr 8, 2016
Job Boards and Big Data: Christian Malpeli on the Past, Present, and Future of Recruiting Technology

Christian Malpeli is the founder of JobBoard.io, a job board software that gives employers the ability to create their own branded job boards in 30 seconds flat. Sound too good to be true? Trust us: It isn't. To learn more about JobBoard.io's striking approach to the recruiting tech industry, as well as Malpeli's personal entrepreneurial journey, we connected with Malpeli for a QA...

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The Innovators Apr 7, 2016
8 Accurate Ways to Assess Your New Hire's Performance

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: How do you gauge a new hire's success during their first three months on the job? The answers below are provided by...

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The Innovators Mar 31, 2016
How to Get Your Startup Team Focused Without Crushing Anyone's Enthusiasm

In the hope-fueled honeymoon phase of your startup, your team probably has enthusiasm in spades. The challenges is channeling that enthusiasm into productive avenues. Of course you want your staff to feel inspired and motivated, but if they spend too much time on big-dream schemes with little grounding in reality, you'll burn through your funding pretty quickly with little to show for...

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The Innovators Mar 31, 2016
It's Time: 9 Signs You're Ready to Start Your Own Business

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: There are plenty of would-be entrepreneurs who have yet to make the leap, simply because they don't know when to make it....

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The Innovators Mar 30, 2016
5 Surprising Signs You Might Be an Entrepreneur In the Making

Are you an heir apparent with a billion-dollar surname? Do you hold a degree from an elite university? Are you the wunderkind at your illustrious firm? Heck, do you have friends or family members in high places? Then congratulations: You have a good shot at being the next big thing in your industry. For those you who can't say "yes" to any of these questions – which is probably most of...

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The Innovators Mar 25, 2016
Tech Innovations That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Radar

The most successful companies stay abreast of technological advances. Disruptive innovations can completely transform existing practices and create brand new paradigms, and history is replete with once-great industry leaders who fell from grace when they failed to adapt to changing business models. Organizations that fail to respond to new technologies do so at their own peril. With that...

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The Innovators Mar 25, 2016
How to Become More Creative at Home and in Business

Creativity and innovation are integral pieces of business success. Unfortunately, many of us have trouble tapping into that part of our brain. Life gets busy, and we get wrapped up in the routine of our everyday business operations. However, in order for us to flourish, we need to unleash our creativity. Personally, I'm always looking for ways to inspire myself. I like to absorb as much...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
Use Team Building to Create Lasting Bonds

Company culture is incredibly important for small businesses. When you're consistently working with the same group of five, 15, or 40 people, minor issues between coworkers can cause significant problems during office hours. Because everyone works so closely together at all times in these environments, small business owners want to make sure all employees feel respected and valued by their...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
3 Steps to Improving Client Retention Before It's Too Late

Entrepreneurship is not all roses and unicorns. Sometimes, it's tough. In fact, there are times when it has to be tough in order for your employees, your business, and even you, young padawan, to grow. Sometimes, you lose clients. When it happens – and it does happen – business owners may wonder if sub-par performance, a lack of leadership, or the worst clients ever are to blame. I'm...

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The Innovators Mar 23, 2016
Fear of Failure? How to Beat the Odds and Build a Thriving Business [Infographic]

By some estimates, a full 8 out of 10 businesses fail within their first 18 months of existence. The deck may be stacked against entrepreneurs, but that doesn't mean failure is a guarantee. In a new infographic, the folks at Towergate Insurance explore the topic of business longevity – and how to make sure your business beats the odds and thrives. The infographic outlines some of the...

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The Innovators Mar 22, 2016
Staffing Your Startup

Congratulations, entrepreneur and budding business owner! You've reached the point where your hard work, sacrifice, and courage is paying off.  You've gained the financial means -- whether through external funding, bootstrapping, or revenue growth -- to add people to your team and finally reduce the number of hats you're wearing so you can focus on growing your business. But not so fast....

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The Innovators Mar 22, 2016
How to Welcome New Hires Into Your Startup Family

Small businesses are like families, both literally and figuratively speaking. From a literal standpoint, family businesses account for 64 percent of U.S. GDP and 78 percent of all new job creation. But even if your business isn't a family affair, your startup probably shares a lot of similarities with families. For example, you may have launched your startup in your own home -- and even...

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The Innovators Mar 17, 2016
Business Plans: 9 Things Entrepreneurs Should Know

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment- and entrepreneurship-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Entrepreneurs are always being told they need to draft up business plans – but many entrepreneurs...

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The Innovators Mar 16, 2016
Funding Your Startup: Old School vs. New School

At the beginning of 2016, we discussed ignoring your neighbor, whose friend may or may not be a venture capitalist. Ignoring that neighbor is a great idea while you're working on your startup. Your innovative idea belongs to you, your cofounder, and the network you've chosen to help you build it – not everyone who hears about it. What happens, then, when it's time to start raising funds?...

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The Innovators Mar 10, 2016
Dream Team: 9 Ways to Build Your Company's Most Important Asset

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: How do you develop talent and communicate expectations in a startup? The answers below are provided by members of...

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The Innovators Mar 4, 2016
How to Safely Secure Financing for Your Business

If you need financing, what's the first thing you should do? Head to the bank? Post on Kickstarter? Go on ABC's Shark Tank? In a world where the finance industry has developed a product to take advantage of many well-meaning entrepreneurs (i.e., "the business cash advance") – a world where companies promise you funding within five days and use complicated terminology such as "factor rate"...

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The Innovators Mar 3, 2016
9 Funding Tips for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: One of the biggest challenges any entrepreneur faces is finding money to fund their startup. What tips do you have to help...

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The Innovators Mar 3, 2016
How to Manage Your Small Startup Team's Big Ambitions

Expressions like "succession planning" and "career ladders" make us think of large enterprises with mile-long org charts. That's the stuff of massive corporations, right? It needn't bother entrepreneurs striking out on their own. Well, not exactly. Even small businesses need to offer some form of career progression. Research shows that about 40 percent of your staff members are looking...

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The Innovators Mar 2, 2016
Experiential Rewards: For a Better Employee Recognition Program, Ditch the Gift Cards

They say you should never go into business with your friends, but Taylor Smith and Kevin Yip, the entrepreneurs behind employee rewards and recognition company Blueboard, totally ignored that advice. They met in a basketball league when they were both in the third grade, and they've been practically inseparable ever since. And it's a good thing they did ignore that advice,...

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The Innovators Mar 1, 2016
How to Make Radical Changes to Your Business Without Alienating Employees

Ambitious small businesses can be exciting and dynamic environments, full of energy and hope. However, problems can arise when a sudden change in business direction occurs –usually due to some external market factor – and the business is forced to deviate from its original course – a course to which the whole team was seriously committed. This sharp change in direction can be...

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The Innovators Feb 26, 2016
What to Know Before Selling Your Business

Building up a business is a valuable life experience, and selling it is just as exciting. Obviously, there is the financial gain, but you can also point to it and say, "I made that." But before you put up that virtual "for sale" sign, you need to stop and ask yourself three questions: 1. "I Sold the Business. What Do I Do Now?" You've spent most days for the past few years working...

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The Innovators Feb 25, 2016
9 Professional Development Resources for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What are some of your favorite professional/career development resources for entrepreneurs? From books and websites to...

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The Innovators Feb 24, 2016
5 Tips to Help You Manage Difficult – but Brilliant – Employees

One of the biggest challenges you'll face as an entrepreneur is managing team and personality dynamics. Any small business environment will have a mix of personalities present, and studies show that entrepreneurs need to display flexible leadership styles that an adapt to suit a range of situations and personalities if they are to lead their teams successfully. You'll need to give some...

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The Innovators Feb 19, 2016
How and Where to Find Investors for Your Startup

If you have decided that you can't go it alone and that you need investors for your new startup, then you might think your next step is to find those investors you need. But you can't just walk up to people, tell them that you are starting a business, and ask for their hard-earned money. You need to have a plan in place that will demonstrate to potential investors exactly what your...

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The Innovators Feb 18, 2016
Investing in Recruiting Tech: Advice From the Experts

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: With robust investment demand and new companies launching every day, the recruiting technology startup environment has never...

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The Innovators Feb 18, 2016
Organizational Culture: 9 Tips for Entrepreneurs

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: When entrepreneurs are launching their startups, they have to think about the kind of company culture they want to build....

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The Innovators Feb 18, 2016
Funding Your Startup: Self-Finance or Seek Investors?

Starting your own business can be a dream come true – but if you want the dream to continue and the business to stay afloat, you need to secure financing. There are two options available to you as an entrepreneur: self-financing or finding investors. Both options have their pros and cons. Let's take a look at each, so you can get a better idea of what you may be getting into. Seeking...

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The Innovators Feb 15, 2016
Unhappily Married to the Business? 4 Tips on Restoring Work-Life Balance for Entrepreneurs

One of the biggest challenges that you will face as an entrepreneur is maintaining work-life balance. According to a survey from The Alternative Board, 19 percent of entrepreneurs work 60+ hours per week, 30 percent work 50-59 hours a week, and just 19 percent work fewer than 40 hours a week. Of course, no one said that realizing your dreams would be easy. You'll need to burn a lot of...

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The Innovators Feb 12, 2016
3 Must-Have Tech Services for Every Growing Business

Starting a business used to require a lot of time and effort. All the paperwork needed to be filled out manually and submitted via snail mail. If you were lucky, you could go down to some clerk's office and submit the forms in person, but you knew it would be weeks before anyone looked at them. You cringed at the thought of your papers sitting in a wire basket on the end of someone's desk,...

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The Innovators Feb 11, 2016
9 Things You Should Look for in a Mentor

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: Many experts say that entrepreneurs – especially those who are new to the startup life – should look for mentors who can...

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The Innovators Feb 10, 2016
4 Tips to Help You Find an Amazing Business Partner

Perhaps one of the most crucial hires that you will ever make is the hiring of a business partner. With many entrepreneurs working 50-60 hours a week, you'll be spending a big part of your waking life alongside your partner, which means you'd better be able to get on well in close quarters. You also have the added spice that if things go wrong between you and your business partner, you don't...

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The Innovators Feb 4, 2016
7 Myths About Entrepreneurship – Busted

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: What, in your opinion, are some of the most common misconceptions about being an entrepreneur? Why are these misconceptions...

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The Innovators Feb 4, 2016
Major Blunders to Avoid When Pitching to Influencers (Especially at SXSW)

Having been to SXSW numerous times before, I was delighted to have had the opportunity to attend again last year — this time, with a company of my own. Having my own venture to promote made me feel both excited and strangely vulnerable. Amid all the meetings, on-camera interviews, and speaking engagement, I found myself keenly aware of certain individuals I should talk to and connect...

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The Innovators Feb 3, 2016
Make the Leap: One Entrepreneur's Story of Turning Passion Into Profit

Growing up as a gamer (JRPGs are my thing, personally), I often dreamed about how I could parlay my love of Final Fantasy and Suikoden into a viable career. As you can probably guess, I never did figure out that secret. Sure – I'm happy being a writer, but I still lose weekends to the Persona series on the regular. Someone who did figure out the secret to turning a love for video...

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The Innovators Feb 2, 2016
Company Culture Is the Key to Startup Success

I recently had the privilege of joining my friend and the chairman and CEO of Shaklee Corporation, Roger Barnett, at Shaklee Live, an annual conference to which Shaklee's global sellers are invited. The content of the conference reminded me of my days as a student at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and the principles instilled in me by labor economist Ed Lazear's incentives and...

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The Innovators Feb 2, 2016
5 Pop-Up Businesses You Can Launch in 7 Days

Many entrepreneurs enjoy the luxuries of time and healthy budgets when launching their new businesses. But for the 1.6 million Americans laid off or fired every month, time and cash are generally in short supply. It seems starting a business would be a bad move for them, right? After all, the fastest way to restore one's income – and make sure the bills get paid – is to go find a new...

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The Innovators Jan 29, 2016
How to Conquer Self-Doubt (And Make Your Startup Dreams a Reality)

Every part of our world is changing. Startups have disrupted the way businesses have run for centuries: Airbnb has turned the hotel industry upside down, Uber has challenged the taxi companies (successfully in most cities), and even straight-laced banks are starting to pay| attention to what new competitors offer. All of these innovations started out as ideas. Our world is not in a period...

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The Innovators Jan 26, 2016
There Are No Drawbacks to Giving Your Employees a Living Wage – Just Ask Ken LaRoe

Ever since the Great Recession, banks have taken up a sinister place in the American imaginary. When you read the word "bankers," there's a good chance that it summons visions of Wolf of Wall Street-style greed and debauchery. Ken LaRoe, CEO of First Green Bank, knows this – but he also knows that it's not the whole story. "When society as a whole thinks of banks, they think of the...

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The Innovators Jan 25, 2016
7 Types of People You Should Always Be Hiring

Welcome to Recruiter QA, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers! Have a question you'd like to ask? Leave it in the comments, and you might just see it in the next installment of Recruiter QA! Today's Question: They say an organization can always use more great salespeople. But who else does your company always need to hire? The...

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The Innovators Jan 22, 2016
The 4 Traits of Successful Founders

People from all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels have established successful companies. No matter their personal histories, successful business owners tend to share some common characteristics. Studies from the University of California-Berkeley, the London School of Economics, and the University of Maryland, among others, reveal that most successful company founders possess the...

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The Innovators Jan 21, 2016
5 New Ways to Network at Your Next Conference

For those who, like me, attend conferences and trade shows often, networking can become mundane. We get used to doing the same thing over and over, from quick chats between meetings in designated coffee areas to huge parties thrown by conference sponsors at local nightclubs. And each morning, we get up and do it all over again. Due to the repetitious nature of conferences, I don't enjoy...

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The Innovators Jan 19, 2016
The New (and More Effective) Way to Manage Your Startup Team

I hate managing by nagging. It's usually counterproductive, and it doesn't contribute to a great team environment. I've found through my own business and through working with others that managing by scorecards and metrics is a much better approach. It allows everyone to understand the organization's main objectives – and when scorecards and metrics are properly aligned with company...

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The Innovators Jan 19, 2016
Building an 'Internal Brand': A New Approach to Keeping Employees Engaged and Fulfilled

Intrinsic rewards – like feeling fulfilled by the work you do, for example – are really important when it comes to engaging your employees. In fact, research suggests that employees who feel intrinsically rewarded by their jobs are more focused and effective at work than those who don't. But that isn't to say intrinsic rewards are entirely sufficient. You can't rely on them...

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The Innovators Jan 18, 2016
Is World Domination Really Necessary? (Should I Keep My Business Small?)

Who ever said that all businesses must grow exponentially to be considered healthy? No one, that's who. And yet, there is still the popular notion that every startup should aim to be the next Starbucks or Facebook. Entrepreneurs who dare walk in to the Shark Tank with modest growth ambitions are often deemed heretics. Investors and the marketplace overall have a shared thirst for...

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The Innovators Jan 15, 2016
2 Simple Ways to Further Personalize Your Marketing Outreach

When a new company attacks a market, it often takes a niche approach. The company tries to speak to an audience that is currently underserved by existing players with a message or feature that resonates. Whether you call it the "thin edge of the wedge" or establishing a "beachhead," the logic is that every group – all the way down to the individual person – has slightly different...

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